The Seattle Seahawks announced this afternoon that linebacker Lofa Tatupu had successful surgery on both knees today.
Team doctors Ed Khalfayan and Mike McAdam handled the procedure at Seattle Surgery Center.
Tatupu had been regularly taking practices off throughout the season to rest his ailing knees. This is the second season the veteran linebacker has needed surgery. Last year the 28-year-old’s season was cut short because of a torn left pectoral muscle and only played in five games last year.
The Seahawks also announced the signing of defensive tackle Jay Alford, safety James Brindley and wide receiver Chris…
Most of the scouts are heading home after Wednesday’s practices. A few coaches and scouts will stick around for the game on Saturday, but most already got their work done during practices earlier this week.
Locker’s evaluation has been mixed this week. Most scouts like his leadership, live arm and athletic ability, but still have real questions about his accuracy and whether he’s a first-round talent.
I talked to Rob Rang, senior draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, for a few minutes yesterday about what his happening down at the Senior Bowl this week. Rang is down in Mobile, Ala. scouting the event.
He believes that quarterback, defensive line and offensive line will be the three areas Seattle focus on in the first round. And with quarterback and defensive line generally valued more in the draft, the Seahawks might not have another choice but to select an interior lineman with the No. 25 overall pick.
Rang believes that Seattle will have a good shot at picking up a talented interior linemen between the late first, early-to-mid second round. Others to keep an eye on include Wisconsin offensive linemen Gabe Carimi (6-7 1/8, 315) and John Moffitt (6/4, 314), Rodney Hudson out of Florida State (6-2 ¼, 291) and Baylor’s Danny Watkins (6-3 ½, 312).
Even though he sputtered through another so-so season that included a one-month stretch with 10 interceptions and three fumbles, Dave Boling of The News Tribune believes Matt Hasselbeck’s miraculous turnaround in the playoffs showed enough for the team to bring him back as a bridge to the quarterback of the future.
“If you can sign him for a reasonable cost for a couple of years, you can draft a prospective replacement and let him be groomed by Hasselbeck. He has said he has no problem with that, and understands that’s a part of the game.
He won’t just step aside, but he also won’t be an obstruction. He might be the ideal veteran to teach a young quarterback what it takes to be a professional – in all the ways that are important.
“I want to win … I’d love to do it here,” Hasselbeck said in a radio interview last week.
Hasselbeck is one of those players with enough perspective to understand that a career is about more than contract figures. But if a competitive team comes calling with a high salary in mind, he’d have to listen.
And that’s why it’s crucial for the Seahawks to fully communicate their plans, and convince Hasselbeck of his value here.